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Created on July 22, 2017

Soccket

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The Soccket is a power-generating soccer ball commercialized until 2016 by Uncharted Power.

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  1. Uncharted
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Product Description

The SOCCKET is a portable, power-generating soccer ball designed to promote physical activity and spread awareness about the global energy problem. However, this product has been discontinued since 2016.

Engineered by Uncharted Power, previously named Uncharted Play, in New York (USA), and grouped by the company as MORE technology device (Motion-based, Off-grid, Renewable, Energy), the Soccket was commercialized until 2016.Interview with representative

 

Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Market Suggested Retail Price

$75.00

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include Deciwatt GravityLight.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Unknown

Intellectural Property Type

Patent

User Provision Model

Until 2016, users could obtain the product directly from the manufacturer.

Distributions to Date Status

The Soccket distribution exact number is unknown, however, according to PRI, Uncharted Play (company's previous name) planned in 2014 to begin distributing 50,000 products/year. One of their first distributions took place in Puebla, Mexico in March 2013. 150 products were distributed by Mexico's biggest TV network, Televisa. Distribution of the product stopped in 2016.Interview with representative

Design Specifications

The Soccket converts rotational energy into electrical energy. Design specifications include a custom MORE micro-generator, a pendulum, PCB and rechargeable lithium-ion battery, all engineered inside each ball. Kicking the Soccket moves the pendulum which in turn rotates the generator and then charges the battery. Product materials are rubber, recyclable plastic, lithium-ion battery, metal gears and motor. It weighs 0,45 kgs and its diameter is 23 cms.  

Product Schematics

Technical Support

No specific training need to use this product, however, for further support contact the manufacturer.

Replacement Components

The generator and PCB are available separately through the MORE technology website.

Lifecycle

Estimated lifecycle was from 3 to 15 years with a manufacturer-specified 1-year warranty. However, first versions of Soccket were reported to be broken within the first uses.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The company’s main target is is help power the rapidly developing smart communities worldwide by utilizing the untapped kinetic energy available in a clean and renewable way.

Vetted Performance Status

Socckets were reported to be dysfunctional after a couple of days or a month of use.

Safety

There are no potential hazards when using this product.

Complementary Technical Systems

Between the MORE technology devices (Motion-based, Off-grid, Renewable, Energy) Uncharted Power also designed The PULSE, a portable, power-generating jump rope. The company has vehicular, pedestrian, and lifestyle solutions commercialized business-to-business (B2B).Interview with representative Further details of the solutions can be seen in this video.

Academic Research and References

Gifford, G. Five energy innovations revolutionising the developing world. Renewable Energy Focus. 2016;17(3):97–98.

Costello, Amy. 2014. Ball Generates Electricity for Poor Kids…Until It Breaks. Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly. April 8, 2014.

Jennifer Collins (PRI’s The World). 2014. Impoverished Kids Love the Lamp-Powering Soccer Ball—until It Breaks. Gizmodo. April 21, 2014.

Magazine, Smithsonian, and Li Zhou. 2015. These Soccer Balls and Jump Ropes Can Generate Power. Smithsonian Magazine.

Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach John Bratcher Makes Impact in Montego Bay. 2015. Keiser University Athletics.

Gadget Flow. n.d. The PULSE Jump Rope by Uncharted Play. Gadget Flow.

Uncharted Play Smart Soccer Ball and Jump Rope Can Boost Your Battery. 2016. www.youtube.com.

 

Compliance with regulations

None

Evaluation methods

Evaluation methods are unknown, however, Socckets were reported to be broken within the first uses.

Other Information

As of November 16, 2017, Uncharted Play changed the company's name to Uncharted Power. The company posted a letter apologizing for failing the Soccket campaign.

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